New Cure for Chronic Headaches?

Dr. Pamela Blake, of Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital in Houston, has pioneered a new minimally invasive surgery for patients with chronic daily headaches. She said that usually, the headaches aren’t migraines or tension headaches, but, rather, an irritation of one or more of the nerves that emanate from the back of the skull.

 Blake said the results are good for the more than 100 operations she has supervised.

“About 64 percent of patients had a greater than 50 percent reduction of their headaches after surgery,” she said.

 While I personally think these numbers are good I don’t think chronic headache sufferers should run to see her.  It’s important to try out other treatments before considering surgery. You may want to try out medication or in the case of rebound headache, ease off of your medications. There are many other options to try such as acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, and chiropractic maniupulation. Perhaps this is all you need.

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